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SkyLaw Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary

The team celebrated SkyLaw’s 10-year anniversary on October 27, 2020. To help commemorate this momentous occasion, we put together a special newsletter to highlight some of the firm's changes and accomplishments over the years, to showcase some of our fondest memories, and to honour and thank the many amazing people who have supported SkyLaw along the way. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

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SkyLaw Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary

  1. 1. SKYLAW CELEBRATES ITS 2010 - 2020 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
  2. 2. 01 02 05 07 A L e t t e r f r o m t h e F o u n d e r K e v i n R . W e s t S k y L a w T h r o u g h t h e Y e a r s A T i m e l i n e & P h o t o s S k y L a w b y t h e N u m b e r s A 1 0 - Y e a r R o u n d - U p S o l i c i t o r s ' B r i e f s A d v i c e f r o m t h e S k y L a w T e a m 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7 A Letter from the Founder SkyLaw Through the Years SkyLaw Client Map SkyLaw by the Numbers Top 10 Solicitors' Briefs TABLE OF CONTENTS OCTOBER 2020 Photo: SkyLaw Launch October 2010
  3. 3. P A G E 1 | S K Y L A W X A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE FROM KEVIN R. WEST from Brian Edey, my boss at summer camp for eight years who sadly passed away this summer. Before starting SkyLaw, I travelled to Ottawa to meet with Justice Binnie in his chambers at the Supreme Court of Canada to discuss my ideas (“Change the Profession!” he encouraged). I have had the privilege of working with some of the top lawyers in the world at Sullivan & Cromwell and Davies and I am lucky to still have many of them as colleagues and friends. And a special thank you to Andrea Hill, who is among the smartest, hardest-working and genuinely compassionate lawyers you will ever meet, Estahil Aden, who has transformed and grown our corporate services practice over the past four years, and Jen Semple-Berger who joined me over eight years ago and has fashioned SkyLaw into what it is today. We have had a lot of fun over the past decade and we can’t wait to see what the next ten years will bring! “Our success is thanks to the many amazing people who have joined me on this journey.” Ten years ago, I had the good fortune of being in a position where I could start my own law firm. I had no idea back in October 2010 that SkyLaw would become what it is today. Our success is thanks to the many amazing people who have joined me on this journey. Everyone on the SkyLaw team has shared their thoughts and contributed to this newsletter. We are very proud of our team and the contributions that have been made over the years. In particular, we owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Lee, Andrew Cooley and Lisa Silver Slayter who have gone on to do amazing things all around the globe (London, Australia and Cambodia, respectively) and leave with us a legacy of excellence (and gold-standard precedents). I am also grateful for the many mentors I have had over the years. I was inspired from the start by Gary Barnes, who provided me with a co-op placement at his criminal law firm in Grade 13. I learned so much about leadership and teamwork ..
  4. 4. P A G E 2 | S K Y L A W X SKYLAW THROUGH THE YEARS A TIMELINE & PHOTOS “From everyone at New Maple, we wanted to congratulate you on your 10-year anniversary! It was great reading about your accomplishments and we're so proud to be a part of your story. It's been a pleasure working with you on our journey from incorporation to licensing and we look forward to sharing the next chapters of our growth with you in the years to come." ― Karim Nehme, Co-Founder, New Maple Holdings Ltd.
  5. 5. P A G E 3 | S K Y L A W X P A G E 3 | S K Y L A W X
  6. 6. P A G E 4 | S K Y L A W X SKYLAW CLIENT MAP WHERE WE DO BUSINESS O u r c l i e n t s a n d c o n t a c t s a r e s p r e a d t h r o u g h o u t t h e g l o b e . T h e m a j o r i t y o f o u r c l i e n t s a r e l o c a t e d i n C a n a d a a n d w e d o d e a l s a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y . W e a l s o w o r k w i t h a l o t o f f o r e i g n c o m p a n i e s l o o k i n g t o m a k e a c q u i s i t i o n s o r i n v e s t i n C a n a d a . W e m a k e r e g u l a r t r i p s t o a v a r i e t y o f l o c a t i o n s t o m e e t c l i e n t s a n d c o n t a c t s w h e n e v e r p o s s i b l e . T o t h e r i g h t a r e t h e T o p 1 0 l o c a t i o n s w h e r e w e d o t h e m o s t b u s i n e s s . T h e m a p b e l o w s h o w s t h e l o c a t i o n s o f o u r m a n y c l i e n t s a n d c o n t a c t s . 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 9 1 0 T o r o n t o ( o f c o u r s e ! ) M o n t r e a l V a n c o u v e r N e w Y o r k L o s A n g e l e s H o n g K o n g L o n d o n S y d n e y P a r i s C a y m a n I s l a n d s TOP 10 LOCATIONS
  7. 7. M a n aging D i r e c t or | A r t i c l i n g S t udent L a w Cler k s A d m inist r a t i v e Su p p o r t S t a f f L a w yers Y e a rs in o u r B r i d g m a n A v e . O f f i c e S k y Couns e l M e m be r s & A l u m n i S k y Law P e t s S k y Law K i d s O f f ice Pla n t s Y e a rs in B u s i n e s s SKYLAW TODAY 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 9 1 0 6 1 7 1 5 9 1 3 5 6 0 3 1 1 2 0 5 0 4 P A G E 5 | S K Y L A W X SKYLAW BY THE NUMBERS A 10-YEAR ROUND-UP Total number of SkyLaw clients from 2010 - 2020 Total number of SkyLaw blog posts in the past 10 years Number of minute books SkyLaw maintains on site and in the cloud Number of new SkyLaw matters opened so far in 2020 Number of times SkyLaw was referred to in the Detour Gold decision Number of nicknames our Senior Law Clerk Esta has been given Number of opinion pieces by Andrea Hill printed in The Globe and Mail Number of articles Diana Nicholls Mutter has published on the topic of securities law developments OUR GROWTH
  8. 8. T h e O f f i c e . W e w o r k i n a n i n c r e d i b l e o f f i c e s p a c e w i t h 2 0 - f o o t c e i l i n g s a n d w a l l - t o - w a l l w i n d o w s t h a t i s m o d e r n a n d b r i g h t w i t h n a t u r a l l i g h t . T h e L o c a t i o n . W o r k i n g i n m i d - t o w n T o r o n t o n e a r a m a j e s t i c c a s t l e s u r r o u n d e d b y g r e e n e r y g i v e s u s t h e p e r f e c t b l e n d o f n a t u r e a n d c i t y . T h e C u l t u r e . T h e f a m i l y - f r i e n d l y c u l t u r e a l l o w s u s t o e n j o y v i s i t s f r o m p e t s a n d b a b i e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e y e a r , b r i g h t e n i n g u p o u r l i v e s ! T h e C e l e b r a t i o n s . W h e t h e r i t ’ s p a t i o l u n c h e s , c a k e s a n d d e c o r a t i o n s , f r e s h f l o w e r s o r s u r p r i s e p a r t i e s - S k y L a w l o v e s t o c e l e b r a t e ! T h e S n a c k s . W h a t i s t h e r e n o t t o l o v e a b o u t u n l i m i t e d C o s t c o s n a c k s t h a t k e e p u s f u e l l e d a l l d a y ? T h e H a r d w a r e . A l t h o u g h w e ’ r e t o l d i t ’ s n o t m a n d a t o r y , w e k n o w t h a t i t i s - w o r k i n g w i t h a l l t h e A p p l e p r o d u c t s k e e p s u s o n t r e n d a n d o n t h e s a m e i P a g e . T h e T e a m . B e i n g p a r t o f a h a r d w o r k i n g t e a m w h e r e w e n o t o n l y g e t e v e r y t h i n g d o n e b u t a l s o f i n d t i m e t o l a u g h w i t h e a c h o t h e r i s t r u l y s p e c t a c u l a r . T h e S o c i a l L i f e . W e c a n n o t g e t e n o u g h o f t h e t r i p s a n d e v e n t s t h a t a r e t o o g o o d n o t t o l i s t o u t ( s e e o u r t o p 1 0 r e t r e a t s , t r i p s & e v e n t s b e l o w ) ! T h e C l i e n t s . I t h a s b e e n a m a z i n g t o w o r k w i t h t h e r o s t e r o f s o p h i s t i c a t e d c l i e n t s o v e r t h e p a s t 1 0 y e a r s t h a t w e g e n u i n e l y e n j o y g e t t i n g t o k n o w o n a p e r s o n a l l e v e l . T h e B o s s . H a v i n g a f r i e n d l y , k n o w l e d g e a b l e , a n d h a r d w o r k i n g b o s s i s t h e n u m b e r o n e t h i n g w e a l l l o v e a b o u t S k y L a w . P A G E 6 | S K Y L A W X TOP 10 THINGS THE TEAM LOVES MOST ABOUT SKYLAW 1 0 0 9 0 8 0 7 0 6 0 5 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 1 RETREATS, TRIPS & EVENTS 1 0 0 9 0 8 0 7 0 6 0 5 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 1 N i a g a r a F a l l s B l u e J a y s G a m e s R a p t o r s G a m e s E s c a p e R o o m B o a r d G a m e N i g h t s A x e T h r o w i n g W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . M o n t r e a l C a l i f o r n i a N Y C
  9. 9. " B e a y a r d s t i c k o f q u a l i t y . S o m e p e o p l e a r e n ' t u s e d t o a n e n v i r o n m e n t w h e r e e x c e l l e n c e i s e x p e c t e d . ” ― S t e v e J o b s “ I t a l w a y s s e e m s i m p o s s i b l e u n t i l i t ’ s d o n e ” ― N e l s o n M a n d e l a “ N o t h i n g i s e v e r h a r d – i t ’ s j u s t a l o t . ” ― A R o c k e t S c i e n t i s t “ I a m a n o l d m a n a n d h a v e k n o w n a g r e a t m a n y t r o u b l e s , b u t m o s t o f t h e m n e v e r h a p p e n e d . ” ― M a r k T w a i n “ D o o r d o n o t . T h e r e i s n o t r y . ” ― Y o d a “ B e w h o y o u a r e a n d s a y w h a t y o u f e e l , b e c a u s e t h o s e w h o m i n d d o n ' t m a t t e r , a n d t h o s e w h o m a t t e r d o n ' t m i n d . ” ― B e r n a r d M . B a r u c h “ T o l i v e i s t h e r a r e s t t h i n g i n t h e w o r l d . M o s t p e o p l e e x i s t , t h a t i s a l l . ” ― O s c a r W i l d e “ S o m e t i m e s I ' l l s t a r t a s e n t e n c e , a n d I d o n ' t e v e n k n o w w h e r e i t ' s g o i n g . I j u s t h o p e I f i n d i t a l o n g t h e w a y . ” ― M i c h a e l S c o t t “ I t i s t h e s a m e w i t h p e o p l e a s i t i s w i t h r i d i n g a b i k e . O n l y w h e n m o v i n g c a n o n e c o m f o r t a b l y m a i n t a i n o n e ’ s b a l a n c e . ” ― A l b e r t E i n s t e i n “ B e y o u r s e l f ; e v e r y o n e e l s e i s a l r e a d y t a k e n . ” ― O s c a r W i l d e “ I f e v e r y t h i n g w a s p e r f e c t , y o u w o u l d n e v e r l e a r n a n d y o u w o u l d n e v e r g r o w . ” ― B e y o n c e K n o w l e s “ L i f e i s a l l a b o u t m a n a g i n g e x p e c t a t i o n s — m o s t o f a l l y o u r o w n . ” ― U n k n o w n “ A n d i n t h e e n d , i t ’ s n o t t h e y e a r s i n y o u r l i f e t h a t c o u n t . I t ’ s t h e l i f e i n y o u r y e a r s . ” ― A b r a h a m L i n c o l n " D o n ’ t d r i n k a n d d r a f t . " ― P r i y a R a t t i P A G E 7 | S K Y L A W X SOLICITORS' BRIEFS ADVICE FROM THE SKYLAW TEAM "Success comes to those who show up.” ― Kevin West

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